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>> anchor: this is "d.w. news," coming to you live from berlin. carnage in mecca, a crane collapses on the grand mosque in mecca, killing at least 87, leaving more than 200 injured. this accident comes as pilgrims from around the world have started to arrive for the annual hajj pilgrimage this month. also coming up, images from hungary sends shockwaves through europe. police throwing food to migrants cooped up in a camp as the refugee crisis worsens. and a human mosaic. more than a million people strong, a massive outpouring of
support for catalonia's independence from spain. regional elections coming up in two weeks described as make-or-break for the breakaway movement. a rare and violent reign -- rain storm over mecca and the the collapse of the building crane on to the grand mosque. at least 87 are dead, more than 200 yard. the accident comes as muslims from around the world have started to arrive for the handle hajj pilgrimage this month. the grand mosque houses the cube towards which muslims around the world pray and the crane collapsed on friday, the muslim weekly day of prayer. the governor of the region, prince khaled al-faisal, has ordered an investigation. strong storms have been hitting
the region over the last few days. media speculate that winds and even lightning could have caused the crane to collapse. we're joined by our colleague in saudi arabia. thank you for joining us. what can you tell us about this accident? >> reporter: it happened around 5 -- between 5:30 and 5:15 p.m. this evening. there was a lot of storms. mecca had been hit by bad weather in the last three days. it's not unusual, the storms and rains that come but the cranes, they looked ominous. no one expected the crane to small but there was a time when there were people in the holy mosque because this happened in the evening. sarah: how many people are in mecca? the hajj is starting soon.
how many people are arriving for the pilgrimage? >> reporter: from outside, 880,000 to million but not all are in mecca because some of them have gone to the other city of medina. that's why we had less people. but because it happened between the evening prayer and mid afternoon prayer, there were less people, fortunately, in the grand mosque. sarah: do we know anything else about the number of injured? is that expected to rise? >> reporter: yes. we do expect that more people will rise. it has gone to 90-plus injured or more. i see many asking for blood, all types of blood. ambulances are going on.
some areas, people are not allowed to go there in order they will not be obstacles. the whole city, people are on raw footing ambulances are still taking people from the area of the accident to hospitals. there are hospitals 40 kilometers from mecca, the national guard hospital and other hospitals. sarah: thank you very much for your reporting. in europe, the refugee influx taking on dimensions beyond comprehension. germany expects 40,000 more refugees this weekend. soldiers being mobilized to manage the onslaught. tiny austria took in an additional 8,000 yesterday, the same number expected by midnight tonight. that's despite closing rail links with hungary. hungarian prime minister, viktor
orban, has countered accusations of mistreatment of refugees, saying the migrants are violating the wall. >> these migrants are at their wit's ends. they've risked their lives traveling to reach europe, now living in squalor. more than 3,000 crossed over to hungary in the past two days. this iraqi man told d.w. his journey from turkey took him a month. he says when he arrived in hungary, authorities held him and others for two weeks, took their money and mobile phones. he wants to go to germany. hungary has come under criticism for failing to live up to its international obligations. these migrants were herded like animal into enclosures to receive food and water. security, threw provisions haphazard into the crowd,
forcing them to fight for the food. asylum seekers are desperate to leave hungary before a raft of new anti-migrant laws come into effect. one such law makes crossing the border without a visa a criminal offense, punishable with jail. a harsh welcome for those who have already risked their lives to flee their home lands. hungarian soldiers have been sent to keep unwanted migrants from scaling a new border fence but they make their way through gaps. >> where you go? >> most migrants are trying to make their way to neighboring austria on foot, walking on the highway towards the capital. around 3,500 arrived in vienna on friday alone. sarah: germany has so far greeted the refugees with open arms but as the numbers swell, berlin is admitting its resources are finite. chancellor merkel's government is urging the rest of europe to
share the burden but many member nations reject that plea. merkel's own conservative coalition partner says the open-door policy is a mistake and warns germany could face an emergency situation. >> scores of refugees continue to arrive at munich's train station and there's no end to the influx in sight. 40,000 more are expected this weekend. while chancellor angela merkel's government stresses the importance of welcoming and supporting refugees, there's a growing sense of panic in germany's municipal and regional governments. many fear they can't cope with rising numbers of newcomers and that the widespread goodwill of germany people will sour. the pressure has led to harsh words from chancellor merkel's sister party, the c.s.u. its chair and other leading bavarian politicians say that transporting refugees from hungary to germany without registering them first is a big
mistake. translator: if we don't put some kind of limit on this, we'll have no control over the situation at all. at the moment, we have no way of knowing who's coming into the country. it could be a security issue. translator: i reject this kind of rhetoric. the situation is tense enough as it is without resorting to political bickering right now. >> reporter: in an effort to ease the tension, germany's defense minister has put 4,000 soldiers from the bundeswehr on standby to deal with any emergency. sarah: it's only been a week since images of germans applauding refugees arriving in munich were broadcast around the world. we asked our political correspondent what's changed since then? melinda: many individual bavarians are still doing that but what happened is that increasing number of refugees are coming into this country, the foreign minister estimated today that as many as 40,000 may
arrive on the weekend. local authorities in many places are overwhelmed and this conservative sister party of the chancellor's christian democrats, the bavarian party known as the christian social union, is putting voice to some concern. this party does tend to be a populist party. it often looks to appeal to the right-wing conservatives so that is part of the explanation but the fact is that politicians of other stripes, as well, are saying, look, we really are seeing numbers now that may begin to overwhelm us. germany's interior minister, who just a week ago was saying, hey, we can handle this, is now saying we need to slow this down. there is a danger of the situation veering out of control. sarah: our chief political correspondent, melinda crane. a chant amplified by the voices of half a million cat lonians, it's time, they meantime to break away from spain, the
determination every day in a line of people nearly six kilometers long clogging the center of barcelona. traditionally, september 11 is a day for cataloniaians to look back on history. this year, they're looking forward to september 27 and regional elections viewed as a proxy vote on secession. >> reporter: protesters clogged the city friday afternoon ahead of the demonstration. many arrived from bus and train from remote parts of the region. they had catlonian flags draped over their shoulders. organizers claim nearly 1.5 million attended the event. regional elections are due at the end of this month. supporters say they are looking for a mandate to draft a calloneian constitution before seeking secession with madrid. polls show that the area is evenly divided on whether they
want independence. many say they have a different background and culture from the rest of spain. >> i think there is the question of identity. we feel different history, because historically we are different. history has made us different. >> reporter: catloneian nationalism has intensified during spain's economic downturn. separatist says the region pays more in taxes to madrid than it receives past. the size of this demonstration shows how strongly the area wants a referendum. the spanish government now shows no signs of budging. sarah: nearly a decade along from one of india's worst terrorist attacks, judges have found 12 men guilty of conspiracy or murder, to face the death penalty or life in prison. nearly 200 were killed in the attacks in 2006 that targeted
mumbai's commuter trains. >> a busy day on mumbai's commuter train network. seven million people travel it daily and it was on a day like this that the bombs went off. translator: if we get killed by a bomb blast, it could have been me or my family and my children. i'm very upset about it and i believe the government should act rapidly and hang the accused. >> reporter: on july 11, 2006, islamic militants detonated seven bombs in the evening rush hour within 10 minutes. nearly 200 died, more than 800 injured. pakistan denies involvement and some of those affected question the official line. translator: those accused and convicted are not the guilty ones. they were nabbed by police and put into their cars. i don't think there's any point in punishing them.
the real perpetrators fled to pakistan and are not here and our police cannot catch them. >> reporter: the case tragged on for seven -- dragged on for seven years. the judge took a year to write his verdict. come monday, the sentence will be handed down. the 12 convicted men face life in prison or the the death penalty. sarah: new york city is mourning the remembrance of the 9/11 terror attacks. as one first responder put it, 14 years on, it's no easier standing here. >> reporter: the united states is paying tribute to one of its darkest days, september 11, 14 years ago. president obama and michelle, hand to hearts, held a moment of
silence to commemorate the nearly 3,000 victims. in new york city, more than 1,000 people gathered at ground zero for a traditional tolling of bells. names of the victims were read out by family members as part of a solemn tribute. >> just the memories, knowing that we have to keep their spirit alive and she'll never be forgotten. she was like a family member to me and i can never forget her. >> reporter: after years of private commemorations at the site, memorial plaza has been open to the public since last year. u.s. defense secretary ashton carter joined relatives of the deceased in another moment of mourning at the pentagon. one of four terrorists planes crashed here, the very same day
sarah: thanks for saying with us, this is "d.w. news" live from berlin. i'm sarah harman. a crane collapses on the grand mosque in mecca, killing at least 87 people, leaving more than 200 injured. the accident comes as muslims from around the world have started to arrive for the annual hajj pilgrimage this month. and concern is growing over how hungary is dealing with the migrant crisis. disturbing footage shot inside a makeshift camp shows hungarian police throwing food at refugees. budapest has promised to
investigate. a rocket carrying two european space agency satellites has blasted off from the agency space port in french guiana. it will be part of a new satellite navigation system called galileo, a european alternative to the u.s military owned g.p.s. that technology is part of daily life for individuals, businesses and governments worldwide. the european project has had some teething problems. here's more. reporter: the successful launch of two new galileo satellites has put europe's global navigation project back on track. 10 galileo satellites are up in space, one third of the project's target. the spacecraft orbit along three separate trajectories. when finished, europe's independent global positioning system will do far more than help drivers find their way
home. vertical and horizontal tracking will allow people to navigate through any terrain. the open service will help logistics companies pinpoint ships' positions to a matter of centimeters. more closely spaced routes could save the shipping industry time and money. galileo could revolutionize aviation. vertical and horizontal measurement data will enable autopilot software to take over for longer stretches of time. the state-of-the-art system sent its first signals back to earth two years ago in march. back then, there were only four galileo satellites in space, the minimum number needed to locate a position on earth. just one year later, in august 2014, the project hit a major setback. a russian soyuz rocket sent two
on the wrong trajectory. too -- it took ground control months to readjust the course. once in line, both spacecraft started working according to plan. next year, europe's heavy lift launch vehicle will take over the task of delivering galileo satellites into space. four satellites can fit on to each rocket. that will speed up completion of the project. project managers say galileo should be up and running before the end of next year but it will take at least another four years for the system to reach peak performance. that's 12 years later than originally planned. sarah: from the depths of outer space to miles below the surface of the earth, gherhardt has more on global oil prices.
>> thank you very much. prices for crude oil fell today as goldman sachs slashed its price forecast. exactly one year ago, one barrel of brent crude oil cost around $98 u.s. today, one year later, the price is almost halved, to around $48. the reason for this change, softening demand from many countries like china, due to economic slowdown and oversupply in the oil market. the international energy agency said in its monthly oil report the continuing drop in price could force non-opec suppliers like the united states to take action. here's more. reporter: despite the sharp drop in oil prices, opec producers such as saudi arabia are continuing production to defend their market share and ward off competitors. due to new technologies, including fracking, crude oil
production in the u.s. rose dramatically in recent years with 8.7 million barrels per day last year but the international energy agency says the glutted market and corresponding drop in prices could force the u.s. to carry out its deepest production cuts since the early 1990's. the i.e.a. expects other nonopec countries such as russia and the u.k. to roll back oil supply significantly. they say non-opec production will probably drop to 58 million barrels a day next year and by the end of 2016, those cuts are likely to result in the biggest production decline in more than two decades. gerhard: the university of michigan's consumer sentiment barometer showed dwindling confidence from u.s. shoppers in september. the survey showed the biggest drop since september 2014. earlier forecasts predicted a more modest decline.
consumer confidence is an important indicator for the u.s. because domestic consumption makes up 70% of the economic output there. analysts say the slowdown in markets like china may have made u.s. consumers feel less optimistic about jobs and wages, more hesitant to spend. let's bring in our correspondent from new york to get perspective. why has consumer confidence dropped that much? jens: probably all the turmoil on the stock market, for example, showed some effect and what did come as a surprise is that consumers are less confident regarding the labor market finding and getting better paid. this week we got the latest numbers of job openings and those came in the highest in at least 15 years so that actually does show that the labor market is doing pretty well, but for
sure that did not show in the latest figures of consumer confidence. gerhard: these figures now on the table, is the interest rise rate being discussed recently, is that off the table? jens: it's not off the table, it just became a bit less likely. today, there was a survey coming out from the "wall street journal" where some of the leading economists got asked if they believe if the fervel -- federal reserve will increase rates next thursday and only 46% of participants answered yes. early august, before all the turmoil in china started, 80% of economists said they believe the fed will raise the rates on september 17. but still, 46% still means about half of economists think that an interest rate hike is still in the cards. bottom line, we have to wait
until the last second until next -- next thursday before we know what's going to happen. so the uncertainty will stay with us at least until then. gerhard: thank you very much. it is a $22,000 fashion icon and must-have accessory for affluent fashionistas with a four-year waiting list. i know a woman who would swap her husband for one. the so-called burken bag by french fashion house hermes, one model especially sought after is made after crocodile leather. singer and actress jane burken recently threatened to withdraw her good name, taking issue with the alleged animal cruelty in the hermes supply chain. >> the crocodiles used to make these bags may face a kinder end in the future. their seller, french label
hermes, says it will prevent animal cruelty in the supply chain. the luxury goods makers has a popular line of hand bags. hermes produces about 70,000 burken gags a year. but in june, animal rights group peta released a video showing crocks skinned alive in the supply chain. jane burken told hermes to drop her name from the line until they're produced accordig to international standards. but hermes said suppliers must uphold animal protection guidelines or lose contracts. gerhard: engineers are pushing the limits of 3-d printing. a french company has printed the world's first 3-d violin based on the legendary stradivarius. the electric instrument is fully playable despite its
minimalistic design. original stradivarius sell for millions at august. this is a prototype. engineers spent years figuring out to to make the instrument strong enough to withstand the tension of the strings. they hope to sell the model by 2016. sarah: call me when they start 3-d printing the burken bags. serena williams' dream of a calendar year gras is grand slam is over. she lost in three sets to unseeded italian roberto vinci. williams won the first set 3-2 but didn't look comfortable on the court in the second and third losing 6-4, 6-4. vinci faces flavia pennanta in an all-italian final. a reminder of our top stories at
d.w. a crane collapses on the grand mosque in mecca killing at least 87 and leaving more than 200 injured. the accident comes as muslims from around the world have started to arrive for the annual hajj pilgrimage this month. and concern is growing over how hungary is dealing with the migrant crisis. disturbing footage of hungarian authorities throwing food at migrants. thanks for watching. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org.]
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